Will McBride Group

The Will McBride Group delivers energy and musicianship with compelling original music and a great song selection, whether in a small pub or restaurant or sharing the concert stage with international superstars.

https://www.willmcbridegroup.com/

Opening Ceremonies

We kick off the show with a patriotic opening that includes the National Anthem, Pledge, a speaker, music, and special surprises.

Fireworks Show

Firework show produced by Pyroshows - https://www.pyroshows.com/

Festival Site Opens to Public

Day one of the 2024 First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival officially opens gates to attendees.

Join us to Remember, Honor and Celebrate our nation's Heroes.

All Veterans Group Parachute Team

United All The Way

The All Veteran Group (AVG), independently owned and operated, is comprised of dedicated individuals of both active/retired military and patriotic Americans.

Since our inception in 2011, we have focused on representing companies and military veterans with the highest level of professionalism through parachute demonstrations, tandem parachute experiences, brand ambassador programs, sponsorships & special events.

With AVG, we are changing directions and changing lives. We provide a blueprint to translate aspiration for change into action, and a new sense of freedom. Traditional values of teamwork, effort, accountability, trust and selflessness are the cornerstones of AVG’s Programs.

Our Mission

OUR VISION IS TO ENSURE A LEGACY THAT PROMOTES EACH MISSION, PROTECTS THE STANDARDS, PERFECTS THE IMAGE, AND PRESERVES THE HERITAGE.

Tethered Balloon Rides

Time of operation
6 PM - 9 PM each day of the event. Weather permitting! (See below for required weather) If the weather allows us to start a little earlier, we will try to start as early as 4:00.

What is a Tethered Balloon Ride?
Tethering means the balloon is securely anchored to the ground via a series of high-tensile strength ropes and carabineers. Then the hot air balloon ascends to a predetermined height above the ground and crowds to a height of 50′ or less. During a tether ride, passengers climb aboard the aircraft for a short ride. This is ideal for people with fears of flying or heights.

Adults are NOT permitted to hold a child in their arms during the tethered ride.

All passengers must be in good health. If you are pregnant, recently released from the hospital, or have broken bones or casts, you cannot qualify to purchase a ride. These balloons are not certified by the FAA to carry wheelchairs. The pilot will also be available to determine who can fly!

Weather required for Tethering:
Less than 6 mph surface winds, clear skies within 50 miles of the event site, and no threat of rain showers.

Balloon Mass Ascension

Weather permitting, the balloons will inflate and take off at approximately 6:30-6:45 - keep an eye on the balloon weather flag

Canines in the Clouds Dog Show

Canines in the Clouds Dog Show

Canines in the Clouds Dog Show

Hot Air Balloon Pilot Meet & Greet/Basket Display

End Veteran Suicide 5KRun/Walk

Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26
Start Time: 7:00 PM

We'd like to raise as much as we can to help struggling veterans. For $25.00 (if you can give more, please do), you will receive admission to the festival, registration to participate in the walk/run, and a wristband.  Upon completion of the walk/run, you'll receive a special T-shirt made specifically for this event. Parking is not included.

The Veterans Administration (VA) estimates that 22 veterans die by suicide every day, and as many as 950 suicide attempts occur each month among veterans receiving services through the VA. Studies are showing that over 40% of US soldiers returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from a mental disorder or behavioral problem.

This event will help raise awareness and promote the prevention of this epidemic by bringing the community together to memorialize those lost and let Veterans, their friends, and families know they are not alone. Proceeds from the event go to All Veteran Group.

Have a great day, and see you at the event!!!